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The Feasibility of Virtual Home Visits to Provide Early Intervention: A Pilot Study

Kelso, Ginger L. PhD; Fiechtl, Barbara J. MS; Olsen, Susan T. MEd; Rule, Sarah PhD

doi: 10.1097/IYC.0b013e3181b9873c
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Although videoconferencing has been used to deliver distance education, tutoring for children, and telemedicine observations, there is limited information on the efficacy of its use in delivering part C early intervention services. Four families receiving early intervention services in a rural program participated in a pilot study to test the feasibility of receiving intervention services over the Internet with a 2-way audio and video system. Satisfaction with this method of delivering services in a child's natural environment is reported from parents and early interventionists. Implications for early intervention programs are reported in savings in travel time and mileage costs.

Department of Human Services, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas (Dr Kelso); and Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation (Ms Fiechtl) and Center for Persons With Disabilities, Utah State University (Ms Olsen and Dr Rule), Logan.

Corresponding Author: Ginger L. Kelso, PhD, Department of Human Services, Stephen F. Austin State University, PO Box 13019, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962 (ginger.kelso@aggiemail.usu.edu).

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